When a married couple has decided that their marriage no longer works, they can file for a legal separation. The state of Arizona recognizes legal separation when at least one of the parties involved currently resides in Arizona. Both parties must agree to the legal separation.
Legal Separation vs. Divorce – What’s the Difference?
A legal separation in Arizona is very similar to a divorce in that the court will issue final orders regarding the division of debts and assets, parenting time, child support and spousal maintenance. Any and all community property law rights and obligations that previously existed between the parties involved will be terminated at the time the legal separation is ordered.
The most significant difference between a divorce and a legal separation is that the parties involved are not legally restored to the status of single persons, meaning they cannot remarry. Either party can file to convert the legal separation to a divorce at any time before or after the court issues the final decree of legal separation.
The Representation You Need
Similar to divorce, the legal separation process can raise a number of questions and concerns. It’s extremely important to discuss the specifics of your case with a family attorney who knows the laws of the state and is familiar with the courts.
Contact Crider Law today to set up your initial consultation. Experienced family law attorney, Brad Crider, will take the time to learn the details of your case and present a course of action that will help you see the best possible outcome.